Normally I like to do my Top 5 posts on Fridays. With New York Comic-Con 2013 (NYCC) this past weekend, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite announcements, and couldn’t think of a better way to do so than a Top 5. I can’t think of a segue that isn’t cliched so, here’s my list:
5. 1980’s Ninja Turtles Cameo
Not the first time something like this was done. The 2003 Turtles series ended with a movie, Turtles Forever, where the then current version crossed paths with the 1980’s incarnations, and black and white original pulpy comic versions. It was a lot of fun. Since current Donatello Robert Paulsen voiced the original Raph, I can’t wait for them to talk to each other on the new Nickelodeon show. The new turtles show is a lot of fun, and this seems like another good idea to keep the gags (and action) rolling.
4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Lorule
At the Zelda panel, series producer Eiji Aonuma finally shed some light on the other world feature in the upcoming Zelda sequel. Taking place after A Link to the Past, the game features many of the same locations and mechanics while adding new ones to the formula. It was announced long ago that the new game would have a dark world of sorts like the previous game. Now we know it’s called Lorule, a mirrored version of Hyrule, complete with its own princess, Hilda. Between this and the new dungeon/item schema, it looks like I’ll have another repeat of my Thanksgiving holiday circa 1998.
3. Stephanie Brown Returns to the DCU
Many characters got the shaft when DC’s New 52 dropped. Tim Drake as been completely bastardized, while Wally West and Stephanie Brown have ceased to exist. Thankfully, DC is rectifying some of that with a new Batman series. Batman Eternal. Announced early at the con, the book is a weekly series starting next year with rotating writers James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley with Scott Snyder supervising. At first I didn’t care. Though I am a huge Batman fan, I didn’t think we needed another Batman book (there are currently over 10). Snyder let slip at the Batman panel that Spoiler AKA Stephanie Brown will be making her New 52 debut in Eternal. While she obviously can’t be Batgirl (walking Barbara Gordon is), she can at least be her first identity. Now you have my attention DC.
2. New X-Factor Series from Marvel
Marvel is launching a new wave of Marvel Now books in the coming months. Some are a changes in direction following the fallout from Infinity, while others are brand new. Hopefully having nothing to do with any of that, Peter David is launching a new X-Factor book. I am a huge X-Factor fan, especially of David’s previous run. Polaris will head the new corporate run team. The roster includes Gambit, Quicksilver, and three other yet to be named members. As much as I love Jamie Madrox and Lyla, I hope they’re off the table for a bit. Give them a rest and build up their return. Considering his down to earth writing style and ability to avoid being sucked into the other happenings in the Marvel U, I am incredibly excited. The man made be love Longshot, I’m sure he can do the same for Gambit.
1. Black Sails – Starz New Pirate Show
With Spartacus ending this past spring, I knew there was going to be a void in the TV landscape. Thankfully, Starz has another ace up their sleeve with a new epic. Black Sails is their new period piece/action show. Following Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island somewhat, the show stars Captain Flint, his crew, and John Silver. Creator/showrunner Jon Steinberg promises that he only used Treasure Island for inspiration, not following the book beat for beat. Considering the high quality of shows from networks like Starz, I’m excited. The show has already been renewed for a second season with the first yet to premier (January 2014). First sandals, now pirates. I hope ninjas are next.
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